Koons’ Kitsch: The Virginal Vacuums

In Jeff Koons’ 1981 piece New Shelton Wet/Dry Doubledecker two pristine, identical vacuum cleaners sit, one on top of the other, in a hermetically sealed plexiglass box.

The piece belongs to Koons’ series The New, which featured other innocent, imprisoned dust guzzlers displayed and lit like historical artefacts.

The intention: to highlight the rug suckers’ “integrity of birth…newness…treating them like eternal virgins”.

The result: pure kitsch.

https://sammiscribbles.wordpress.com/2021/02/27/weekend-writing-prompt-198-kitsch/

QUOTE SOURCE AND FURTHER READING:

https://www.moma.org/collection/works/81090

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